The center fascinated me a lot because of it’s unique brand of education. It is the first in Asia and one of the very few in the world where education is customized for the culture of the indigenous peoples.
The Pamulaan Center is an educational center for students coming from 31 various Indigenous Tribes from all over the Philippines. It’s goal is to create culturally appropriate and relevant venues for training and formation for the indigenous peoples.
The term “Pamulaan” is a Matigsalog term which means seedbed. The center’s name stresses its goal of being the root of the development of its students and beneficiaries. The center is also the source of educational materials and training modules for indigenous peoples.
The Pamulaan Center’s curriculum and methods of teaching are based on the indigenous people’s traditions, beliefs, and culture.
It stresses on the eight elements of an Indigenous People’s Education System: (1) valuing indigenous education, (2) promoting cultural integrity, (3) valuing land and environment, (4) employing holistic and integrative learning process, (5) enhancing creative and analytical thinking, (6) promoting the value of service and volunteerism, (7) promoting peace and community-building, and (8) promoting empowerment and people’s participation.
The Pamulaan Center in the University of Southeastern Philippines -Mintal offers specialized tertiary education to students coming from different indigenous groups.
It offers four courses: Bachelor of Science in Education, Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Technology, Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, and Bachelor of Arts in Peace Education.
Pamulaan is open to donations and partnerships with interested parties. For inquiries, you may contact them through their website.